The Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has described the recognition and designating of June 12 as National Democracy Day as historical righting of a wrong past.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari would be fondly remembered for the recognition of the significance of June 12 and its rightful placement in our national dairy after his tour of duty.
The governor pointed out that June 12 arguably was the second most significant national crisis after the civil war of 1967-1970 because of the reverberating effect it had on the polity of the nation.
He stated this in a commentary titled, “Reminiscences on June 12 struggle and its imperatives” to mark the second anniversary of June 12 as national Democracy Day in the country.
Fayemi said: “As one of the protagonists of the June 12 struggle, we appreciated what the token of the day meant to self-fulfilment with the cluster of dangers we confronted during the time.
“It is even more satisfying that the symbol of the struggle for the enthronement of democratic order in Nigeria, Basorun Mashood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola, the winner of the June 12, 1993 election whom the previous administrations had refused to recognize has now been duly acknowledged by the president as the undisputable winner of the election.
“President Buhari did not stop there, he also awarded, posthumously, the highest honour in the land, generally conferred on presidents, the award of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on him.”
He noted the return of democracy in 1999 was a direct consequence of the relentless agitation of a coalition of civil society groups, students, labour movement, politicians, rights activists, journalists, academics and a host of people in the diaspora and diplomatic circles.
“It is one important moment that should never be forgotten because the tree of our democracy was irrigated with the blood of many known and unknown people who died as martyrs of democratic struggle,” he added.